Tamdhu Distillery

Although a few official single malt bottlings appeared, including a light-bodied 10-year-old, Tamdhu could hardly be regarded as a frontline player. It has a fragrant fruitiness with notes of honey and apple but sufficient weight to cope with ageing in ex-Sherry casks.

Although Tamdhu is a big supplier of whisky blend: 

  • The Famous Grouse
  • Cutty Sark
  • Dunhill

Its outspoken and unique character makes it ideal for blended whisky. 

2010 Tamdhu released their first 100% sherries 10 year old single malt whisky. 

This small distillery still produce approximately 4 million liter yearly. most of its production will be used for the blended whisky but some of it will be used for their single malt whiskies. 

and with succes because Tamdhu won a lot of awards for their single malt whisky.

  • 12 year old single malt (Gold 2020)  
  • 15 year old single malt (Double Gold 2020
  • Single cask distilleries manager edition (World best single cask and single malt 2020)
  • Owner

    Ian Macleod Distillers

  • Status


  • Country


  • Region


  • Production type:

    Single Malt and Blends(The Famous Grouse, Cutty Sark, Dunhill)

  • Founded


  • Production yearly

    4.000.000 Liters



Like neighbouring Knockando, this is another late 19th century railway distillery which has quietly provided fillings for blends ever since. It was built in 1897 by a group of blenders headed by William Grant who was both a director of Highland Distillers and, handily enough, on the board of the Elgin bank. The famous distillery designer Charles Doig was the architect. ‘[It is] perhaps the most efficient and designed distillery of its era,’ wrote Alfred Barnard in 1898.

Highland (now Edrington) purchased it outright in 1899, but like many sites it had a rocky time, closing from 1927 and remaining silent for two decades. Soon after its reopening, the old floor maltings were replaced with 10 Saladin boxes, each capable of holding 22 tons of malt. This would become the last site in Scotland to retain this method of malting and was one of the few distilleries in the modern era to malt all of its own requirements (the others being Springbank, Glen Ord and more recently, Roseisle). As well as its own needs, it supplied all of the malt for Glenrothes and the unpeated component of Highland Park’s.

Tamdhu grew substantially in the 1970s with four stills added to the original pair, while a change in wood policy in the 1990s saw it being filled exclusively into Edrington’s bespoke ex-Sherry casks.

Somewhat surprisingly, Edrington mothballed it in 2010, but two years later, Ian MacLeod stepped in. The firm has since installed new washbacks, built new warehouses, opened a visitors’ centre (in the old Dalbeallie station) and released a 100% Sherried 10-year-old. Older releases are planned.

March 2017 Tamdhu bottled their oldest expression the Tamdhu 50 year old. A Single Caskwith 1st fill European oak sherry butt and a 
Cask Strength of 55.6% ABV. The cask number used was No. 4678 with a total of 100 decanters.

“Exclusively Sherry Oak Casks. Only the best.”

Distillery Facts

Taste profile

Core range 

At this point Tamdhu’s core range is: 

Archive bottles: 



12 year old  

2020: Gold

Scotch whisky masters 

2020: Double gold

San Francisco World Spirits Competition

2020: 95 points:

Ultimate Spirit Challenge 


15 year old

2020: Double Gold Winner

San Francisco World Spirits Competition


Single cask distillery manager’s edition

World Whisky Awards 2020: 

Worlds best single cask

Worlds Best single malt 


Tamdhu Distillery
AB38 7RP
United Kingdom
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